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SCIP Database

SCIP is the database for information on Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (products) established under the Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC)






ECHA has now published a document detailing the knowledge requirements of the so-called SCIP database. Companies placing a writing containing an SVHC above 0.1% on the EU market are required to submit information from January 5th, 2021 onwards. A primary version of the SCIP database is available one year before this date.

Companies supplying articles containing substances of very high concern (SVHCs) on the Candidate List during a concentration above 0.1% weight by weight (w/w) on the EU market need to submit information on these articles to ECHA, as from 5 January 2021. The SCIP database ensures that the knowledge on articles containing Candidate List substances is out there throughout the entire lifecycle of products and materials, including at the waste stage. The knowledge within the database is then made available to waste operators and consumers.

Three key information constituents need to be provided
In two sections there must be information on:
  • article identification
  • safe use information and
  • identification, location, and concentration of the Candidate list substance(s) contained

The first section requires an outline of the article or complex object with seven out of 14 fields being mandatory. They include the categorization of the article or complex object supported a harmonized list furthermore because the safe use of data. However, the remark „no have to provide safe use information beyond the identification of the Candidate List substance” may be selected here.

In the second section, information on the so-called “concern element” must lean, i.e. the article within a fancy object containing the substance of concern above 0.1%. Out of the eight categories, five are mandatory. One piece of data that must be provided concerns the category of fabric or mixture containing the SVHC, with the aim of identifying relevant material-based waste streams.

Main goals of the SCIP database

Decrease hazardous waste 

Decrease waste containing hazardous substances by supporting substitutions of SVHCs in articles entering the EU market.

Waste treatment and management

Increase transparency into product composition to boost waste treatment operations.

Monitor use of SVHC

Allow for the monitoring of SVHC use in articles so appropriate actions could also be taken at any stage of an article’s lifespan, including the waste stage.

ECHA will make sure the protection of your confidential data

Since the creation of a EU database containing information on substances of concern in articles accessible to waste operators became known, the industry has raised many concerns regarding the protection of confidential business information. In response to the current, ECHA states: “The information submitted to the SCIP database is publicly available and thus readily available to waste operator. ECHA will publish the knowledge, as received, on its website. At the identical time, ECHA will make sure the protection of confidential business information where justified. For instance, the desired mandatory data that allow ascertaining links between actors within the same supply chain won't be made publicly available.

The SCIP database will boost existing requirements under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation. This more detailed requirement is a component of the EU’s ongoing effort to determine a circular economy, within which the worth of the raw materials accustomed creates products, is maintained beyond the initial lifespan.

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